Unlike speedy in-and-out coffee shops, cafés indulge languorous fantasies of sneaking off through misty European streets with the handsome baguette mysteriously sipping an espresso in the corner. Caffeinate and mentally rendezvous with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of coffee, sandwiches, salads, and pastries at Capriccio Cafe and Espresso Bar on 16th Street.
One of the longest-running local espresso establishments, Capriccio Cafe keeps eyelids ajar and hunger pangs at bay with specialty coffee drinks, fresh pastries, and grilled sandwiches. Enjoy a medium latte ($3.50) or a Ghirardelli mocha frappe ($4) to time-travel taste buds back to childhoods spent drinking steamed milk and chocolate syrup. Coffee lovers can also experience the liquid marshmallow sensation of a vanilla-seasoned latte ($3.35+) alongside breakfast treats including crumb cake ($2.25) and danishes ($2.75), which call out like Sirens to a sea of empty stomachs.
Vanquish midday languor with lunch items, such as the smoked-turkey panini with roasted peppers, provolone cheese, spring-mix vegetables, and tarragon mayonnaise on multigrain bread ($6.95), or enjoy a fresh tuna-salad or chicken-salad sandwich with tomato and spring mix on a french baguette ($6.25). Customers at the 16th Street location can sit beneath one of many scarlet umbrellas on the expansive patio to enjoy comfortable outdoor dining or harness the limitless potential of steam rising from coffee mugs.